Does Your Teen Know What A Vagina Is?

Terrific illustration from The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made by Fiona Katauskas
I recently presented a Sex Ed session to a large group of 16 year olds.  ​Not one of them could tell me the correct name for the external genitals of a female.
​Most said it was a vagina. One girl even said she had never heard of the term ‘vulva’. This is not uncommon when I present sexuality education  – even to female adults.

One of the the main things many of the young people reported that they learned from the Sex Ed session was:

  •  the correct names for “…female’s bits”
  • “‘…the name of the vagina and the vulva”
  • “…that the vulva area has three holes

Parents can offer  young people reliable alternative information sources to what they are currently exposed to; see websites listed below.
Media and Popular culture often get it wrong i.e. Some popular women’s websites, such as one that has over 450,000 Facebook  followers, commonly uses the term ‘vagina’ when providing information about the ‘vulva’ in it’s articles for women. Pornography, often young people’s main sex educator, has certainly instructed young people on what an anus is, but as far as accurate anatomy education it is obviously terribly inadequate.​ ​

More wonderful illustrations from The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made by Fiona Katauskas

If we can’t accurately identify the vagina (or the vaginal opening) – what hope has the clitoris got of being correctly identified as the same size as a penis and the only part of the human body solely designed for pleasure. 
Read more about the Clitoris here.

Other essential images for young people can be found here:
Excellent Sex Education Website for Young People: Scarleteen 
The Labia Library: Images of normal female genitals
For an information session for parents at your school click here.
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